Muddy Book Club Live is BACK!
We're hosting an author event at Henley Literary Festival on Sat 5 Oct and you're all invited! Want to meet our brilliant speakers? Plus our top 5 festival picks.
Here’s a date to etch into your autumn diaries pronto – the Muddy Book Club Live is back at Henley Literary festival on Sat 5 Oct, 8.30pm at Phyllis Court. Oh, yeah! Tickets have just gone on sale and you can get yours here – and grab some for your book club squad and girlfriends (or indeed boyfriends) while you’re at it.
Not been before? Basically, it’s a one-hour soirée with Muddy founder Hero and Muddy’s books editor Kerry chatting to three wise women writers about their work, their lives and the burning issues of the day (except Brexit – that’s banned). We love it when the audience get involved – you can ask questions and chip in with your thoughts along the way. Think lively conversation rather than starchy high-brow lecture.
There’s a bar (obvs) and a pop-up bookshop so you can buy the authors’ tomes and get them signed. (They’ll even do a selfie if you ask nicely!) One question we’re often asked: do I have to read all the writers’ books beforehand? To which we say: No! There’s absolutely no need – homework is definitely optional for this one, you’ll be relieved to hear.
We’re very proud of our line-up this year. Would you like to meet our authors?
After winning Celebrity Masterchef in 2010, actor Lisa reinvented herself as a cookery author. Her book Meant To Be, however, is something very different. This intimate memoir explores different paths to motherhood. Lisa lives in London with her daughter and fiancé, Masterchef’s John Torode – and we can only imagine what delicious dinner parties they hold.
In a world increasingly defined by aggression and rudeness, How To Be A Gentlewoman urges us to champion kindness and thoughtfulness. Amen to that. Part practical guide, part memoir, it’s the first book from Lotte, an award-winning ex ELLE mag staffer turned ad agency creative director. She’s married to Jenny, with whom she has a baby daughter.
A journalist for Red, Good Housekeeping and Prima, 28-year-old Ella suffered a devastating accident in 2016 while out running, which left her an amputee. Her debut novel, Five Steps To Happy, is based on her that experience. Children’s author Jacqueline author describes it as “a triumphant, inspirational story to make you cry – and then cheer”. She ain’t kidding.
Whistle whetted? There are loads more exciting events where that one came from. In fact, we’re absolutely spoilt for choice at Henley this year. Here are my picks for five other white-hot tickets – see you down the front!
Fashion Focus with Tamsin Blanchard and Terry Newman, Sun 29 Sep, 4pm
Two fantastic fashion journalists in conversation – Tamsin write lots about sustainability so expect that hot potato to come up.
Elif Shafak: Ted Talking Storyteller, Mon 30 Sep, 6.30pm
I was lucky enough to see this Turkish novelist do a reading at a publishing party and she was mesmerising. Go fall under her spell.
The Home Page: Talking Interiors with Pearl Lowe, Molly Mahon & Selina Lake, Sat 5 Oct, 6.30pm
This one’s just before the Muddy event so why not make an evening of it? Stylish online interiors mag The Home Page brings together pop-star turned fashion/textiles designer Pearl, printmaker Molly and sustainable interiors expert Selina.
Nicholas Coleridge – Magazines, Museums and Memoirs, Sun 6 Oct, 2pm
Ooh this looks juicy. The veteran Conde Nast head honcho spills all on glossy mag world, with gossip on everyone from Princess Di to Anna Wintour to Beyoncé.
Jojo Moyes & David Nicholls, Sun 6 Oct, 6.30pm
The festival closes with two big – no, massive – hitters. Best-selling novelists Jojo talks about her new one, The Giver Of Stars, while David will do the same with his summer smash, Sweet Sorrow.